Thursday, December 20, 2012

I've found a HOME!

After a week of interviews, I have finally found a home!  I have been offered a job at Thomasville Heights Elementary School!  I am VERY excited!!!!  I will be teaching Kindergarten after my orientation on January 9th, 2013!  I will be using the break to gather materials and create a blog for my new classroom!  Please provide me with any tips that you think are beneficial for a first year teacher!  Go Cougars!

Friday, December 14, 2012


The day is finally here!  The day this student teacher ends her college career and begins a new chapter in her life!  I am so thankful that this day has finally come!  It feels very surreal...almost like it may not be true!  Alas, it is very real and what a wonderful reality it is!  My commencement was at 10AM this morning on Kennesaw State University's campus!  Here are a few wonderful family photos that were taken this morning:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My Last Day : (

It is my last day and I am sad to say that I will miss everyone very dearly.  I have fallen in love with the enthusiasm of my students and the family-like atmosphere of the staff.  I could not have been placed at a better school for my student teaching experience.  I am grateful that I was able to meet everyone and I hope that I can bring this wonderful feeling with me to my next school! 

My amazing fifth grade class on my last day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Program

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  This was taken at our school's holiday program held every year, after school, around December 4th!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Art Partners Program

Fun-filled, Fantastic Friday at the Woodruff Arts Center for an Arts Partners Program! 
     Our fifth grade team attended this program to get a good look at how we could incorporate music in the classroom.  We were shown a lot  of fun and interesting ways to make this happen with every subject.  The program focused on how the teachers could successful step back during their lessons and how they could get the students to successfully collaborate together.  (We all discussed how collaboration is an important skill to teach because it is a necessary life skill and students have to realize that sometimes they cannot achieve certain goals on their own.)
    At the end of the program we were broken up into smaller groups.  Our groups had to create a song that went with a specific fifth grade standard.  The standards that were used for this activity focused Animal Classification, Chemical Changes, and Graphing.  Our standard was focused on graphing and the song we created goes with a 4:4 tempo with eight beats for each line.

Chorus: Cartesian Coordinates and coordinate planes, start at the origin before you begin (2x)

Verse 1: X is a cross so x is across, from left to right you'll never get lost. (2x)

Verse 2: Y is up high you've walked now fly, from bottom to the numbers don't stop. (2x)

Verse 3: Order your pairs and mark your point, now your graphing we rocked this joint. (2x)

We had a lot of fun creating and presenting our song.  We all agreed to use it in our classrooms and we also shared our song with everyone else! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Math Mega-Lab!

   --> Today, we had another Mega-Lab with all seventy-five students in the auditorium.  This time, the Mega-Lab was focused on Math!  We had four centers: Equivalent Bingo, “Frac-Chews”, Hop-Scotch Decimals, and The Mad Math Minute.  All of the centers focues on different fifth grade math standards, such as: equivalent fractions, adding fractions with like and unlike denominators, adding decimals, and multiplying decimals.  I really enjoy these large labs because it allows all of the teachers to work with students who are not in their own classroom.  It also gives the students variety and changes up their everyday routine.  I think this definitely contributes to the fact that with each Mega-Lab we have never had any discipline problems.  These Mega-Labs have been a wonderful inspiration for me because I will implement this idea at my future career site.